In the Empty Can

In the Empty Can

A hungry coyote or a bear
licks the residue in the can that
smell’s good, not so bad taste,
unaware of the sharp edges,
unaware of the injured skin,
that haunts it with pain.

Before trashing the empty can,
the girl envisions the neighbors
and swish the can under the running water,
with love for her friends.

©Byung A. Fallgren

Black bear in our yard in Asheville, NC

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